Course Title: Engage in the business of creative practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6160 Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting

Course Title: Engage in the business of creative practice

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Important Information:

This course will be delivered through face-to-face classes, interaction with industry mentors, and the learning support material and resources in Canvas.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Penny Johnson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course will build on the industry-focussed skills you've learned and practised across the program, further assisting you to market yourself as a screenwriting professional. You will research and focus upon the wider screenwriting industry, skilling up for a successful career. You will fashion your own personal development and business development plans to help sell yourself and your writing projects, and lay the business foundations for your screenwriting-related practice.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enrolment in this core course at RMIT requires you to have completed all first year courses.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPPR603 Engage in the business of creative practice


1. Develop and apply professional work practices

2. Evaluate different business practices

3. Address financial aspects of creative practice

4. Analyse the rights and obligations of creative practitioners

5. Evaluate professional opportunities

Learning Outcomes

This unit equips you to approach the business aspects of working as a creative practitioner in a professional manner.

You will have the skills to operate as a sole practitioner, in writers' cooperatives, or as freelance or contract workers. Regardless of the business model, all practitioners earning income from their practice engage with the professional business requirements for a sustainable creative practice. You will be able to plan and profit from your work as a freelance writer, or as an employee in a small or large organisation.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, development of personal and business development plans, and through the application of learned skills and insights to industry research, culminating in your practical vision for your own screenwriting practice.